Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy has expressed gratitude to officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force for their commitment to crime fighting in 2018, despite it being a testing year.
He did so while giving the Commissioner’s New Year lecture, earlier this week.
Commissioner Brandy indicated that initial reports suggest that the number of reported crimes was down, especially in the last quarter, and the detection rate- approximately 38%- stands just about that of 2017.
“Let us learn from the efforts of the last quarter. We worked together successfully as a team where our presence was felt especially in hot spots and overall our operations were consistent. If we are to realize continued success in 2019, we must address areas in our discipline and communications, especially improving our internal and external communication skills. Policing is a 24-hour job – not 16 or eight.”
Commissioner Brandy also indicated that more emphasis will be placed on community policing.
Gun related crimes have been a major concern among citizens and reports have already indicated that there have been several gun related incidents in the first ten days of 2019.